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Purity and ‘seeing’ God

From the July 2018 issue of The Christian Science Journal

When I think about purity, the Bible verse that springs most readily to mind comes from the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8).

Those words, spoken by Christ Jesus, leave me in awe of their simplicity and the beauty of their promise. What an amazing promise it is—that we will see God! 

The Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, gives us seven synonyms that help us “see,” or understand, God: Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love. So, to see God is to perceive something of the wisdom of Mind; to understand existence as the manifestation of Spirit, and not defined by matter; to know no self outside of the all-encompassing One, or Soul; to recognize no other power than the divine Principle. To see God is to experience the continuity of Life that is without beginning or end; to understand the perfection of absolute Truth; to feel the presence and embrace of the Father-Mother Love. To see or understand God is to experience the ever-present All-good. 

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